Category Archives: Random Fun

Beach Dance

I know I’ve been largely absent here, and I apologize. I have a million posts in my head, but they’re just not making it into this computer.

Right now, Jenna and I are in Florida, soaking up as much Vitamin D as we can! We’ve been in the pool at least once pretty much every day, and most of the time, twice. It’s fantastic therapy for Jenna and she loves it. We have to tell her it’s time to get out every time. I think she would live in the pool if she could. She isn’t swimming yet, but she’s SO close! She has no qualms about getting her head under the water, and does an adorable little pseudo-swim where she holds her nose, kicks her feet and paddles with one hand while her little butt is up in the air. She stops and stands up when she needs a breath, then starts again. You can check out my Flickr photo stream (in the right margin) for a couple brief video clips.

The other day, it was too cold for the pool (around 70F and windy), so we decided to take a walk on the beach. I have to share a series of photos from our walk that I just love. We were headed back to the car, and she got a little way ahead of me. I noticed that she was doing a funny kind of little beach dance with her feet and I started shooting photos (she didn’t know I was shooting). As I watched and photographed, I realized that she was trying to make a horizontal line of footprints. I captured her finished work at the end of the series.


Some serious pronation going on – especially with her right foot. Need to ask our ortho team about it.

And a couple of extras from the photo shoot – just for fun:

Have a fantastic day!


Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Family, Jenna, Motherhood, Photography, Random Fun


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Chihuly Beauty

Because it needs to be shared.

From the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. The sculptures are set on a floor of glass, then you can go to the level underneath to lay on a revolving bench and look up at the wonder. Awesome. If you ever get the chance to visit, do it. If you ever have the chance to see a Chihuly exhibit, go.

Photos taken with my Droid X smartphone


Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Favorite Things, Photography, Random Fun


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Clouds 2


From a card I recently received:

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

Do good anyway.

If you succeed, you will win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway.

People really need your help, but may attack you if you help them.

Help them anyway.

Give the world the best you’ve got and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.



Oh Give Me a Home……

Yesterday, we visited a Bison ranch for their yearly Calving Festival. We had a wonderful time and learned a little bit about the fluffy buffalo! Here’s a photo journal of our day with some things we learned mixed in:

First, we heard some music. Then, we hit the petting zoo

It’s a duck!



A burro….

A fawn….

And a cougar! (That we weren’t allowed to pet) ???

Then we waited for our covered wagon to arrive to take us out to feed the buffalo.

Ah-ha! Scientific classification: Bison Bison Bison. Seriously. Look it up.

A mature bull is 6.5′ high at the hump, 9-12′ long & 1800-2400 lbs.

During mating season, males are so “busy” (hehe) they have little time to eat & lose up to 200 lbs.

Gestation is about 9 months & calves are born around 50 lbs (ouch).

Buffalo can run 35 mph for up to 1/2 hour!

They can jump 6′ high from a standstill.

They are excellent swimmers! Who knew? They look more like they’d be excellent sinkers.

Buffalo fur allows them to withstand temps of 50 degrees below zero.

In warmer weather, they shed by rubbing against trees & rocks or rolling.

In the 1700s, there were around 60,000,000 buffalo in North America. By the 1800s, thanks to white hunters, the numbers dropped to as few as 500. Today, there are around 500,000 in the U.S. and Canada.

Their meat is lean (2.4 grams of fat in 100 grams of meat!), free-range and hormone free. They’re not confined to small feedlots, they eat the grasses from their pastures, and are only given antibiotics when they’re sick (instead of in their daily grain as most cattle are given).

Cowgirl Jenna is in heaven. She says this was her favorite part of the day.

We checked out the full-sized teepee (with a real fire inside!)…

…and painted some kid-sized versions!

We watched buffalo jerky being made over an open fire (Yes – those are Amish girls in the background),

Waited for a balloon animal from a freaky clown in a weird hat (Yes – that’s an Amish man in the background),

Jumped in a bounce house,

Said goodbye to my favorite critter,

And called it a day.



Posted by on June 12, 2011 in Family, Jenna, Random Fun


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Peanut Butter Chocolate Dream Pie


  • 8 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream

Heat in a double boiler, stirring constantly until melted & smooth. Pour into 2 small graham cracker crusts and chill until firm.


  • 1 lb. cream cheese
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 c. peanut butter
  • 1/8 c. melted butter

Mix cream cheese until smooth and add sugar. Next mix in butter and finally, add peanut butter.

  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 1 oz. vanilla

Whip until soft peaks form and fold into peanut butter mixture until smooth.

Pour filling over ganache and chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Do NOT think about the calories & fat involved and ENJOY!!

Note: You can make one larger pie, but make sure you have a large crust. The ganache will be thicker & you’ll have a lot of the peanut butter filling left, but it’s yummy to eat on it’s own, like a mousse.

(Sorry about the poor photo quality, but really NO photo could do justice to the deliciousness that is this pie!)


Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Random Fun, Recipes


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Whiskey Slushies Recipe

frozen margaritaphoto by aliciagriffin

By popular request! We attended a birthday party for Jenna’s buddy Benjamin last evening, and Benjamin’s mama served whiskey slushies to the parents in attendance. I’m not a whiskey fan by a long shot, but these were tasty and refreshing! Following is her recipe.

(The photo above is not a whiskey slushie, but it’s pretty much what they looked like. She served them in margarita glasses, and some sugar on the rim would be a tasty addition!)

Whiskey Slushies:

1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 (12 oz) can frozen oj concentrate (could use limeade or any other flavor)
1 (46 oz) can pineapple juice
2 C strong brewed tea (steep 6 tea bags in 2 C hot water for about an hour)
1 C sugar
3 C bourbon whiskey or vodka
7 C water
1-2 liters gingerale
lemons, limes, or pineapples cut into wedges or slices for garnish

In a large plastic container combine all ingredients except for ginger ale and fruit wedges. Mix well and freeze for at least 24 hours (mine wasn’t in the freezer that long and it was like a pond in winter…the edges were frozen but the middle not so much). When ready to serve, take out of freezer and as it’s thawing, scoop out into glasses and add ginger ale to taste. Stir and garnish with fruit wedge.  It’s yummy to have in the freezer all summer, refreshing and fun to have it for anytime.


Posted by on April 23, 2011 in Random Fun, Recipes



Here’s a little humor for your Friday. I recently purchased a handy little invention called a Cleava*. Can you guess what it is without clicking that link? Maybe you’ve seen it advertised on TV. We don’t have TV, but I was instantly interested after reading a post from Mom Most Traveled that recommended it. It’s a piece of fabric that snaps around your bra to cover cleavage without adding the extra bulk (and heat!) of a camisole or tank top. I LOVE this idea! There are so many cute, fashionable tops that I absolutely love but hate to buy or wear because I’m a little self conscious about showing off “the girls.” I agree with Mom Most Traveled: there are few things worse or more annoying than having a conversation with someone whose eyes are obviously fixed farther south than they should be. I was hoping the shipment would make it before our upcoming FL trip and was excited when the package arrived today. Here’s a picture of the package:


Now, take a close look at the wording in the bottom left corner:


I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad that it covers “scaring.” There are few things I hate more than my cleavage scaring someone.

I’m pretty sure they mean SCARRING, and I’m also pretty sure the marketing/design person in charge of this product might want to pay a leeeeeetle more attention before sending products out the door. Although it WAS good for a laugh, which is always healthy. And I still think it looks like a great product.



*This is not an ad! The Cleava people have no idea who I am and did not reimburse me in any way for this post. They’re probably also not too thrilled about me pointing out this error, so I probably shouldn’t expect any freebies headed my way. Hehe!



Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Random Fun


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